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  1. #11
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    You can swap the cables, and then use an external drive instead of the internal, but you still only have one drive. The other sata connector is not enabled, as the code has been removed from the current firmware.

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    How exactly is the support for external drives disabled? Are the device entries missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by superJB View Post
    But I can understand the hesitancy to engage in any SMD rework given the $700 cost.
    It's extremely easy. I am a novice and check my results - http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=412679

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciper View Post
    How exactly is the support for external drives disabled? Are the device entries missing?
    There is no menu item for it, and kickstart does not work.

    It appears to have been pulled from our current version of tivoapp.

    Unlike the US, all of our units are sold as 'lifetime', but they are going to charge us for software upgrades.

    So the initial release is actually crippled compared to US releases.


    Quote Originally Posted by ciper View Post
    How exactly is the support for external drives disabled? Are the device entries missing?
    It's extremely easy. I am a novice and check my results - http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=412679
    I'm not keen on pairing drives in a TiVo if it can be avoided. It doubles the chance of you losing a drive, and if you lose either drive you loose a lot of content due to how the data stored across the drives.

    I'm happy with a single 1Tb or 1.5TB drive.

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    I'd have to agree with Peter regarding dual hard disks. There was once a time when hard disks were relatively small and having two hard disks was practical to get even reasonable recording storage if you were going away for a few weeks or didn't have time to watch a few movies right now but "might do later".

    Nowdays we talk in hard disks which have broken the 1TB barrier for a fairly cheap price and even one of these hard disks has way more than enough space for a few stored recordings.

    While on the surface it looks impressive having multiple 1TB or 1.5TB hard disks and hundreds of hours of storage the downside to this is that it is on a relatively fragile medium compared to things like DVD's and sooner or later things will be lost when the hard disk fails. And with a TiVo that means that ALL recordings are lost even if it is only one hard disk out of multiple that fail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petestrash View Post
    I'm not keen on pairing drives in a TiVo if it can be avoided.
    Some are willing to take the risk, others aren't. I agree it is adding many more points of failure (the drive, the enclosure, the powers supply, the cable connections).
    This thread makes it seem as if a second drive doesn't work at all. Does adding second drive the manual way (using MFSTools or WinMFS) still work? When you said it was disabled in firmware I thought it might be something like the silicon image port splitter being disabled or the OS not seeing /dev/hdb.

    Quote Originally Posted by petestrash View Post
    There is no menu item for it, and kickstart does not work.
    The kickstart code never worked on the TiVo HD. Esata support only works with the mydvr expander 500gb drive. If you keep an eye on TCF threads they seem to have a high failure rate once they are around 9 months old.

    Quote Originally Posted by petestrash View Post
    It doubles the chance of you losing a drive, and if you lose either drive you loose a lot of content due to how the data stored across the drives.
    It is essentially the same thing with the official ESATA expansion. If the drive fails all recordings since it was added are lost. Any shows recorded before the failure are still intact but it's rare that any would still exist by the time the drive craps out.

    Quote Originally Posted by petestrash View Post
    I'm happy with a single 1Tb or 1.5TB drive.
    It is physically possible to have a single fully usable 2TB A drive with either updated tools or if you build the file system by hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren King View Post
    Nowdays we talk in hard disks which have broken the 1TB barrier for a fairly cheap price and even one of these hard disks has way more than enough space for a few stored recordings.
    I think my current file sizes will help you to understand why it's not that much space.
    *one hour HD averages 7.7gb
    *one hour Digital SD averages 1.6gb
    *one hour Analog SD averages 3.7gb
    Recently I had a 4 hour, 31gb, recording in my suggestions folder.
    HDNET movies are often 8.2gb per hour!

    Here is a recent example -


    Grab a copy of the "TiVoPlayList" software and see for yourself.

    Don't forget that in some many households the TiVo is shared between 3+ people (parents and kids). Does 1TB seem so huge now?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren King View Post
    And with a TiVo that means that ALL recordings are lost even if it is only one hard disk out of multiple that fail.
    Two 1TB drives can be had for under 190 us dollars shipped. A single 2TB drive is still listed at 300+ us dollars even at the cheapest of online retailers. Losing all of the recorded programs would suck but I would much rather save 120$
    Last edited by ciper; 15-02-2009 at 04:50 PM.

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    I visited someone today and their box has been pushed to v11.1. I am still on 8.2.1 which does not support esata even when married outside of TiVo.

    V11.1 now has the external drive menu, so will probably work. I'll have to take my external drive around and check.

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    Wow that's quite a jump!

    What type of streaming video options are new with version 11.1?

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    None yet, that will be a paid upgrade.

    Peter.
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  9. #19
    Hi all,

    Just wondering if things have changed here regarding a hack to get other non approved external hard drives to work?
    I found the kickstart 62 hack on Engadget and just wondering if anyone has done this or if there is another way?

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/04/h...external-driv/

    Cheers,

    Damien

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    Kickstart 62 does not work on V11 software.

    The easiest way that does not require you to remove the PROM chip is to remove the internal drive and marry the new external and existing (or new) internal using mfslive or winmfs in a PC.

    They will then work together in the TiVo.

    Peter.
    Last edited by petestrash; 08-06-2010 at 06:03 PM.
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